Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 1

19.January.2019 | FEATURES / MUSIC

As we make headway into the new year, information on Japanese artists performing outside of Japan continues to roll out. This first article covers Japanese artists set to perform concerts overseas in the first half of 2019.

・Perfume

The global popularity of multi-platinum electro J-pop group Perfume is clear for all to see, with their latest album Future Pop released back in August charting in at No.1 in 20 countries across the world. And now, international fans in the US and Asia will be excited to hear that the trio are set to hit a city near them in March and April this year.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/138536

 

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Perfume WORLD TOUR 4th “FUTURE POP”

2019/3/2 @ NTU Sports Center / Taipei, TAIWAN https://ntusportscenter.ntu.edu.tw/#/

2019/3/30 @ HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM / New York, NY http://www.mcstudios.com

2019/4/2 @ QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / Toronto, ON https://queenelizabeththeatre.ca/

2019/4/5 @ CHICAGO THEATRE / Chicago, IL  http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/

2019/4/7 @ THE BOMB FACTORY / Dallas, TX  https://thebombfactory.com

2019/4/10 @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE / Seattle, WA http://www.paramounttheatreseattle.org/

2019/4/17 @ CITY NATIONAL CIVIC / San Jose, CA  https://sanjosetheaters.org

2019/4/19 @ ACE THEATRE / Los Angeles, CA  https://www.acehotel.com/losangeles/theatre

*Details for Shanghai concert TBA.
*All dates are local time.

 

Tour Website: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/FUTUREPOP/world/

Perfume Global Website: https://perfume-global.com/

 

・SID

SID announced at their 15th anniversary tour Ichiban Suki na Basho 2018 that they are set to perform four dates in Asia.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/144270

 

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SID 15th Anniversary ASIA TOUR “THE PLACE WHERE WE LOVE MOST 2019”

2019/2/15 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

2019/2/20 @ MacPherson Stadium, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

2019/2/22 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

2019/2/24 @ Tango Live House, Beijing

 

SID Official Website: https://sid-web.info

 

 

・Kenshi Yonezu

Kenshi Yonezu took the charts by storm in 2018 breaking many records with a string of singles. While riding this wave of success, it has been announced that Yonezu will embark on his first ever arena tour which begins today on January 19. Two dates in Shanghai and Taipei have been added to the tour.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/158468

 

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Kenshi Yonezu When The Spine Becomes Opal

2019/3/19 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

2019/3/30 @ National Taiwan University Sports Center, Taipei

 

Kenshi Yonezu Official Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/u/6888753808?is_hot=1

Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/

 

・Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, and what better way to kick off it off than performing at Lollapalooza Chilie in March. Before they do however they will first perform at PA’L NORTE 2019, a 2-day music and art festival in Monterrey, Mexico. They are part of a line-up consisting of big names such as Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Santana.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/146658

 

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Lollapalooza Chile

Location: O’Higgins Park, Chile

Date: March 29, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Event Page: https://www.lollapaloozacl.com/

 

PA’L NORTE 2019

Location: Monterrey, Mexico

Date: March 22, 2019 – March 23, 2019

Event Page:https://www.palnorte.com.mx/

 

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Official Website: https://www.tokyoska.net/

 

・Taichi Mukai

Taichi Mukai is in the midst of his 2018-2019 “Pure Tour” to promote his newest album PURE. The artist is gaining much attention not just in Japan but across Asia too. Mukai is set to perform in Asia for the first time beginning on March 22.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155274

 

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ASIA TOUR 2019

2019/3/22 @ THE WALL TAIPEI, Taiwan

2019/3/24 @ Megaport Festival, Taiwan

2019/3/29 @ Jiangjinjiu, Beijing

2019/3/30 @ HOULIVE, Shenzen

2019/3/31/ @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

2019/4/6 @ HANATOUR V-Hall, South Korea

 

Taichi Mukai Official Website: http://taichimukai.com/

 

・HYDE

HYDE started his solo music career up again last year and has various planned for 2019. He performed at L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 2018 Christmas live show “L’ArChristmas” and will embark on an Asia tour in March.

 

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ーHYDE WORLD TOUR 2019 ASIAー

2019/3/27 @ Shanghai

2019/3/29 @ Beijing

2019/3/31 @ Chengdu

2019/4/2 @ Hong Kong

2019/4/4 @ Taipei

*Ticket details TBA.

HYDE Official Website: https://www.hyde.com

 

・GARNiDELiA

GARNiDELiA released Kyoki Ranbu on September 26 this year, an album compiling every song from their internationally acclaimed online dance series including their hit song Gokuraku Jodo. The pop rock duo have announced that they will embark on their biggest Asia tour to date including shows in Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150236

 

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stellacage Asia Tour 2019 “Kyoki Ranbu”
2019/3/21 @ Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka, Tokyo
2019/3/30 @ MacPherson Stadium, Hong Kong
2019/4/13 @ Zepp@BIGBOX, Singapore
2019/6/23 @ PENNY LANE 24, Hokkaido
2019/6/30 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka
2019/7/7 @ Diamond Hall, Aichi
2019/7/27 @ DRUM LOGOS, Fukuoka

 

GARNiDELiA Official Website: http://www.garnidelia.com/

 

・Wednesday Campanella

Wednesday Campanella is no stranger to performing solo concerts and at festivals outside Japan. The next place to be graced by KOM_I’s incredible performance is Barcelona for the Primavera Sound music festival.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150817

 

 

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Primavera Sound
Running: May 30, 2019 – June 1, 2019 (Wednesday Campanella to perform on May 31)
Event Website: https://www.primaverasound.com/

Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

 

To all lovers of J-pop, J-rock and any kind of Japanese artist or band living outside Japan – if an artist is coming to a place near you, show your support and don’t miss the opportunity to see them live.

 

Writer: Heir

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  • With March almost at an end, the number of Japanese artists announcing performances overseas continues to rise. This is a list of 7 Japanese artists performing outside Japan in the first half of 2019.

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure has received huge international attention for his collaborations with Tokyo Ghoul which have been enjoyed by countless non-Japanese fans on music streaming services. This includes unravel which was used as Tokyo Ghoul’s first opening theme, and katharsis, the second opening theme for season two of Tokyo Ghoul:re. The singer is set to take his ‘katharsis Tour’ to Asia this April.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/183546

     

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    Tour 2019 in Asia

    2019/4/5 @ CLAPPER STUDIO, Taipei

    2019/4/7 @ Music Zone@E-Max, Hong Kong

    2019/4/9 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    Enquiries: info@free-planet.net (Japanese/Chinese/English)

     

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/

     

    Kana Hanazawa

    Kana Hanazawa is lauded for her immense work in voice acting. She is also hugely successful as an artist and singer.

    Hanazawa is set to become the first Japanese female solo artist to perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on April 14, 2019. She boasts overwhelming popularity in China for her work in anime as well as her hit songs. Her Chinese fans’ dreams are about to be realised as she performs for them a long-awaited show.

     

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    KANA HANAZAWA Concert 2019 in SHANGHAI

    Date: April 14, 2019

    Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

     

    Kana Hanazawa Official Website: http://www.hanazawakana-music.net/

     

     

    Radwimps

    RADWIMPS dropped their recent album ANTI ANTI GENERATION in December last year and recently announced a live tour which includes their first ever solo stadium show. The band are also set to perform two dates at the 2019 Strawberry Music Festival in China.

     

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    2019 Strawberry Music Festival

    Radwimps Performance Dates:

    2019/4/26 @ INTERNATIONAL INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE PARK, Chengdu

    2019/4/28 @ SHANGHAI COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUB, Shangai

     

    RADWIMPS Official Website: https://radwimps.jp

     

    ONE OK ROCK

    ONE OK ROCK has become one of the most popular Japanese rock bands overseas. They recently released their first album in nearly two years Eye of the Storm on February 13, 2019 and have announced a 10-date UK & European tour set to take place throughout May.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/171983

     

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    EYE OF THE STORM UK & EUROPEAN TOUR 2019

    5/8 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz Manchester

    5/10 – London, UK – The Roundhouse

    5/12 – Tilburg, NL – 013 Poppodium

    5/13 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria

    5/14 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys Neue Welt

    5/15 – Warsaw, Poland – Hala Kolo

    5/17 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer

    5/19 – Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert

    5/20 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Velky Sal

    5/22 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle

    5/23 – Milan, Italhy – Fabrique

    5/24 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-TRA

    5/26 – Boulogne-Billancourt, France – La Seine Musicale

     

    ONE OK ROCK Official Website:http://www.oneokrock.com

     

    Aimer

    Aimer recently announced that she will head to Asia in June on a 5-date tour entitled Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour. She previously performed in Asia last year alongside amazarashi, but this marks her first ever solo tour thhere. The theme of the tour is “sun and rain” which ties in with the concepts behind her forthcoming albums Sun Dance and Penny Rain.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/185602

     

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    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Taipei

    Date: June 8, 2019 (18:30 OPEN / 19:30 START)

    Venue: Taipei International Convention Center (TICC)

    Price: 3400 / 2800 / 2200 / 1800 TWD

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Hong Kong

    Date: June 14, 2019

    Venue: MacPherson Stadium

    Price: 980 / 780 HKD

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Guangzhou

    Date: June 16, 2019

    Venue: Guangzhou Beilei Theatre

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Shanghai

    Date: June 22, 2019

    Venue: National Convention & Exhibition Center (Shanghai)

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Tokyo

    Date: June 29, 2019 (17:00 OPEN / 18:00 START)

    Venue: TOYKO DOME CITY HALL

    Organisers: agehaspring, aspr

    Support: Sony Music Labels Inc.

    Price: ¥7,500 (Tax Included) + ¥500 drink fee

    Ticket Release Date: May 25, 2019 (*2 tickets max per order)

    Enquiries: DISK GARAGE (050-5533-0888)

     

    Fan Club Pre-Sale Tickets for Tokyo Concert

    Ticket Window: April 17, 2019 at 12:00 – April 24, 2019 at 23:59

    Payment Window: April 26, 2019 at 18:00 – May 7, 2019 at 23:00

     

    Tour Details (Japanese): http://www.aimer-web.jp/news/archive/?504960

     

    suchmos

    Suchmos will release their 3rd studio album THE ANYMAL on March 27, 2019. The rock group are currently knee deep in their 2019 arena tour and are set to perform alongside HYUKOH in Seoul, South Korea in June. Tickets go on sale on April 2 at 12:00 (South Korea time).

     

    ◼︎Information

    THE LIVE Vol.2:Suchmos & HYUKOH
    Date: June 9, 2019

    Venue: Yes24 Live Hall (South Korea)

    Ticket Vendor: http://ticket.yes24.com

    Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com

     

    Wednesday Campanella

    It has been announced that Wednesday Campanella will perform at the Second Sky Music Festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California on June 15. This marks Wednesday Campanella’s second time performing at a festival in the US following her appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw in October 2017.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/184064

     

    ◼︎Information

    Second Sky Music Festival

    Date: June 6, 2019

    Festival Website: https://secondskyfest.com/

    Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

     

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    Foorin team E “Paprika” Dance Video

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    As with most of Yonezu’s releases, the cover art of the new single was illustrated by the singer-songwriter himself. It will be released in three editions: the “No Side Edition,” “Video Edition,” and “Regular Edition.”

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    Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.

     

    The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Speaking of its continued success, Yonezu comments: “I am thankful. It exceeded my expectations a long time ago, but I’ve been very interested to see just how far it will go. I’m mostly unaware of my own songs. I’d like it to continue to be loved by people.”

    As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.

    Touban, or “ceramic tiles,” don’t lose their colour or deteriorate and so can keep their colour and shape for up to 2,000 years.

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ Music Video Breaks 400 Million Views

    17.June.2019 | MUSIC

    It was revealed earlier this month that Kenshi Yonezu’s song Lemon had reached number one on Billboard JAPAN, and now it has set yet another milestone as its music video broke 400 million views on June 16.

     

    Kenshi Yonezu – “Lemon” Music Video

    Lemon was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it has reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million.

    Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Yonezu’s other music videos have also garnered huge views: Uchiage Hanabi is on 281 million, Aine Kuraine is on 202 million―the list goes on. He boasts seven music videos that have over 100 million views: the aforementioned three, LOSERorionPeace Sign and Haiiro to Ao (+Masaki Suda).

     

    The singer-songwriter is the number one most subscribed to Japanese artist on YouTube with over 3.8 million subscribers and 1.8 billion views.

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Umi no Yuurei’ Tops Oricon’s Daily & Weekly Charts

    13.June.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu’s newest single Umi no Yuurei was released just last Monday and clocked in at number one on both Oricon’s Weekly Digital Singles for June 17 as well as on Billboard JAPAN’s “Download Songs.” It has now been revealed that the track has dominated not only the daily charts but the weekly charts too for a 2019 release.

     

    The song’s music video hit 10 million views on YouTube in just over 4 days, Yonezu’s fastest video to do so. It has now amounted over 20 million views.

    ⒸDaisuke Igarashi / Shogakukan

    On its first day of release it hit number one on 26 music platforms and enjoyed 51,967 downloads according to Oricon. A week later for Oricon’s Weekly Digital Single charts, it amounted 126,715 downloads, shooting it up to top place for the weekly charts. These numbers make Umi no Yuurei the song with the most downloads after a week for a 2019 release as of today.

     

    This is Yonezu’s 4th song to make it to number one on Oricon’s Digital Charts since December 11, 2017 following the success of LOSERLemon and Flamingo.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Not only did Umi no Yuurei top Billboard JAPAN’s “Download Songs” but the Japan Hot 100 too. Its ability to reach number one on the charts despite not yet having a CD release is proof of its popularity.

     

    Umi no Yuurei will be used as the main theme for the upcoming Japanese animated movie Children of the Sea.

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